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La. Court Remands Asbestos Suit After Granting Plaintiff Motion to Dismiss South African Agency

NEW ORLEANS –– A Louisiana federal court has granted an asbestos plaintiff motion to remand, saying that since it has invested “little time or resources” to handling the claims, which only involve state law, judicial economy would not be compromised by the remand of the case.

Before ruling on the plaintiffs’ remand efforts in its Sept. 18 order, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted the plaintiffs’ motion to dismiss an agency of South Africa named as a defendant in the case, which was the only potential basis for federal jurisdiction, the court said.

The plaintiffs ...

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